The federal government has announced that it set up a task force to create strategy that would ensure food security in the country.
Information and culture Minister Alhaji Lai Mohammed made the announcement in Abuja on Wednesday after the FEC meeting chaired by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.
With him while telling State House correspondents about the task force were Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun and Minister of State for Aviation Hadi Sirika.
Mohammed said the task force’s mandate was to proffer solution to growing food insecurity in the land, adding that the government is worried about rising food prices.
He said, “FEC considered several memos and approvals were given. Council resolved to set up task force on food security. Government is quite concerned about the rising cost of food items and the fact that more often than not even when these products are available they are sold at very exorbitant prices.
“So, the government has set up a task force on food security to ensure that an end is put to the wastages that occur and with tons and tons of produce sitting down in the farms rotting or in the markets getting rotten.
“The important thing is to look at what areas of intervention the government can make. The intervention can be in the area of subsidy in transportation; that is being worked out but this goes to show that government is very much concerned about the rising cost of food price and we are responding to it.
“The committee hopefully is expected to report back to council next week and concrete actions would be taken. Clearly, government is concerned and is trying to do something to bring it down.”
Members of the task force, according to Mohammed, include, Agriculture minister, Audu Ogbeh, his Finance counterpart, Kemi Adeosun, that of Water Resources, Transportation, Industry, Trade & Development, and Minister of Labour & Employment.
Others are Chief of Staff to the President, and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs.